As I've said from book one, the series is a bit of a cliche. If you want relaxing fluff with a bit of smut, pick it up and enjoy it. Just don't expect...moreAs I've said from book one, the series is a bit of a cliche. If you want relaxing fluff with a bit of smut, pick it up and enjoy it. Just don't expect a deep storyline or characters full of great depth. (less)
Basic idea: "Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out...moreBasic idea: "Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts, and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them—one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard."
From the moment we meet Kalen in book 2, I've wanted to slap him. Yes, all the trained shapeshifting ex-Navy SEALS describe Kalen as a "bad ass sorcerer" but he's really just a whiny brat. Yes, Ms. Tyler has told us, repeatedly (did I say repeatedly? Yes? I better say it again, repeatedly), that Kalen had a bad life and that he lived on the street and was forced to do horrible things in order to survive. I get it. That doesn't mean he can't use his brain when things start to go wrong. Don't hide it, lie about it, and get pissy when things don't go all peaches and cream for you. Kalen was bad, but Mac is even worse. The wiffle-waffle back and forth, should I or shouldn't I, crap that constantly runs through her head was exhausting to read. It was very apparent from the beginning that no one in this book has the ability (or inclination) to look at it from the other person's perspective. They'd rather throw a tantrum like a child who didn't get a sweet and storm away from the situation...only to get in a even worse situation around the corner.
I almost gave up on this book except for one small character, or rather one large blue winged fairy boy who made me laugh. I'd like more of Blue please.(less)
The basis of the Alpha Pack series is simple, but the execution could use a little work. Primal Law received many 4 and 5 star reviews, so I picked it...moreThe basis of the Alpha Pack series is simple, but the execution could use a little work. Primal Law received many 4 and 5 star reviews, so I picked it up in e-book format. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was it well written? Not entirely. Did it have an engaging storyline? Sort of. If you want brainless fluff and decent smut, pick it up and give it a try.
To better explain my disappointment, it boils down to this, I feel that the basis for the entire series is a bad cliche'. The tag line for the series reads like this: "Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price..."
However, none of the Navy SEAL characters acted anything like any of the military men I've know, let alone the elite SEALS. A majority of the military men that I've know have a certain respect for authority and rigorous training nuances that reflect in they way they act, the men of the Pack do not. Nor do the men of the Pack seem to have any common sense. Most of the time when I was reading, I had the feeling the author was very young and almost...naive. As a result her characters were underdeveloped, which ended up with them seeming shallow and childish. The females of the series weren't much better. Everyone involved has one or two settings, either mild reactions to major events that come off as uncaring or overly dramatic that comes off so over-the-top as to be unbelievable. Overall the story just seemed a little far-fetched for the setting.
Even with my disappointments, I had fun with Primal Law. It's a fluff piece that I enjoyed reading to unwind. It has some good sex scenes and some amusing moments (learning to walk on four legs can get a bit tricky if you can't figure out what to do with your tail). I'm not pining for the next book, but I'll probably pick it up for the humor of it.(less)
The cover of Priceless caught my eye as a recommend for reading Faith Hunter and Keri Arthur, so I pulled up the description and was intrigued. Rylee...moreThe cover of Priceless caught my eye as a recommend for reading Faith Hunter and Keri Arthur, so I pulled up the description and was intrigued. Rylee Adamson is a tracker and her specialty is finding lost children. The constant wrench in her life is FBI Special Agent Liam O'Shea, a human. He believes that Rylee killed her sister, even though she was acquitted by the human courts, so he spends a vast amount of time tracking her in the hopes of finding her lie. What O'Shea doesn't understand is that the world he knows holds a lot more than meets the eye. It's been up to Rylee to keep the truth out of human hands as she uses her abilities to hunt down the missing children. Children stolen by the supernatural world.
When Rylee is called to help a couple find their missing daughter, India, things start to go horribly wrong. India was snatched at dusk from the same park where Rylee's sister was kidnapped. India's mother reveals another point of similarity, India has budding powers. Powers that allow her to see the dead. Can Rylee find India in time? Rylee's convinced somethings about to go more wrong that usual. When she goes to her best friend Milly, she's shut down and told Milly no longer wants anything to do with her. Hurt and reeling, struggling to find India, help comes from an unexpected person, O'Shea. But O'Shea now comes with a big complication. And a small lust spell. Can Rylee save India, herself, and keep O'She alive in the supernatural world? Follow her adventure to find out.
I loved this book. My only complaint? It was to darned short. The book counts in at 269 pages, longer than a novella but shorter than a novel. I wanted more. It was well written. The world was engaging. I'm hooked. It's been a delight to find out that the first four books in the Rylee Adamson series are available. I'm onto the next one!(less)
When I picked up Touch of Frost I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for but I enjoy alternate versions of mythological stories, so I figured I'd give...moreWhen I picked up Touch of Frost I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for but I enjoy alternate versions of mythological stories, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Touch of Frost delivered.
From Booklist: "My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy -- a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why – especially since I should have been the one who died …"
Many young adult books begin with the loss of family. In this, Touch of Frost is no different. When Gwen's mother dies on the job (she was a police officer), her Grandmother sends her off to Mythos Academy, where students are descendants of Valkyries, Amazons, Vikings, Spartans, and more. Each group of descendants has a specialty, but they all possess deadly skills, strength, weapons, and magical powers. Gwen feels completely out of place, labeled as "that Gypsy girl." She lacks the basic warrior skills of all the other students and the only gift she possesses is her psychometry, the ability to feel and experience the emotions and history of any person who has ever touched or held an object she touches. Using this ability she starts earning money finding lost items. But with the murder of a fellow student, Jasmine, Gwen starts using her psychometry to hunt down the killer.
Things become more complicated when Gwen becomes attracted to the strongest warrior at Mythos Academy, Spartan warrior, Logan. Things get a little easier when Gwen begins a friendship with a former adversary, a Valkyrie named Daphne. It is with Logan and Daphne's help that they begin to find the clues to solve Jasmines death.
A well told story that follows mythology quite well. I'm going to look forward to more Mythos Academy.(less)
**spoiler alert** It took Ali losing her family to learn that the monsters her father feared were real. Only they aren't really monsters, they are zom...more**spoiler alert** It took Ali losing her family to learn that the monsters her father feared were real. Only they aren't really monsters, they are zombies and Ali is training as a slayer to fight them. A single bite from a zombie can poison a slayers spirit and turn them into a zombie. It's a good thing the slayers have an anti-venom. Even that can't save Ali when she begin to see another version of herself every time she looks into a mirror, a darker and dangerous version of herself. Ali locks into an epic battle herself, one part pure slayer spirit and one part infected with a zombie spirit. Ali is fighting to save her soul as Zombie Alice (or ZB) tries to take over.
A new complication arises in Ali's life when visiting slayers come from out of town to help them fight the increasing zombie infestation. Coles ex-girlfreind and Gavin put a wrench into Ali and Cole's relationship. The first time she meets Gavin Ali is jolted into a vision where she is making out with him on her bed. Unfortunately this vision happens right in front of Cole and he is not happy. After the vision with Gavin, the visions Ali has always had with Cole suddenly stop. Cole goes ballistic and begins distancing himself from Ali, until he suddenly breaks up with her. Frustrated with the way Cole is acting, Ali throws herself into slayer training, even as she tries to fight off Gavin's advances. Even he admits he's a womanizer and she is not his type, but he's willing to make a play for Ali. It doesn't help that Cole seems to be turning to his ex-girlfreind for solace. Of course Kat is on the case, reporting all Coles moves to Ali, even as she struggles with her own on-and-off again relationship with Frosty.
Ali eventually learns why Kat has such an up/down relationship with Frosty. It is a doozy. Still they struggle on, one slayer in training fighting her dark side and one human very aware of the zombie infestation. By their sides is their friend, Reeve, unaware of the horrors of life. Both Ali and Kat are commanded by Reeve's father to not reveal any aspect of the zombies or slayers to her. A bad move that creates a cascade of events leaving Ali, Kat, and Reeve trapped in a cage as Ali starts to lose her battle against Zombie Alice. Can Cole, Gavin, Frosty, Justin, and the slayers find them in time?
There is an added component to the slayers that gives a richness of details to this world. It's a dark, angst filled, and wonderful re-telling. I cannot wait for the next book (please let there be a next book!)!!!(less)
**spoiler alert** Alice Bell thought her father was crazy, but she loved him and lived by his rules. His rules entailed not leaving the house after da...more**spoiler alert** Alice Bell thought her father was crazy, but she loved him and lived by his rules. His rules entailed not leaving the house after dark, be prepared for anything, and fight to survive. But by living by these rules, Alice and her beloved eight year old sister, Emma, have led a very sheltered life. She's never gone to a dance, never been on a date, never experience what happens after the light begins to fade from the sky.
On her sixteenth birthday, Alice convinces her mother that the only gift she wants is to see Emma's evening dance recital. Her mother, with a certain amount of exasperation, convinces her father to take them to the recital. A night of normalcy, that is what Alice wished for, but what she got was a nightmare. On the way home from the recital, their car is attached by something Alice's mind cannot comprehend, zombies. Alice is the only surviver.
Laying in a hospital bed after her world has been torn from her, she meets the spunky and wonderful Kat, aka Kitty Kat. Vivacious and bubbly, Kat overcomes Alice's reticence to see the world again. When Alice goes to live with her Grandmother and Grandfather, she finds herself at Kat's school. Taken under Kat's wing, she has instant friends and a bucket of weird on the side. Her first day of school she meets eyes with bad boy, Cole, and has a vision of kissing him. A vision, as if monsters weren't crazy enough. Alice, now known as Ali, fears she is loosing her mind, but she is also consumed with guilt over the loss of her family.
As Ali's attraction for Cole blossoms into something bordering madness, she learns that the monsters she saw the night her family died are real. They are zombies that eat the spirits of the living. Only a select few people have the gift that allows them to see and fight them, Ali happens to be one of them. It's a good thing her father taught her to fight to survive, because now she has to. With a little help from Emma, in the form of cute bunny clouds, Cole, Frosty, Kat, and a few others, Ali will fight.
I am a fan of alternate Alice in Wonderland tales. With that said, I loved this book. It is a young adult book, so there is a certain amount of teen angst, but it plays well with the viciousness of the zombies, and the on and off again relationships. I'm looking forward to more in the White Rabbit Chronicles.(less)